The latest addition to the fleet of emergency response vehicles operated by the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS was put on display in front of the county courthouse Monday afternoon, April 3, by Fire Chief Les Simmons and his firefighter crew. The county's new pumper truck features a number of optional extras, including quick-deploying hoses, hand tools and other devices readily available for use in an emergency. The fire brigade has also secured purchase of new hydraulic and battery-powered portable extrication devices, the Jaws of Life, through its recent equipment purchase. Priced at more than $800,000, the new fire engine will be deployed to the county's new fire station in Encinal, in order to provide fast response in the southern portion of the county. Monday's visitors at the demonstration included La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez, Commissioners Raul Ayala, Erasmo Ramirez, Jack Alba and Noel Niavez; County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and officers; county government and elected officials, County Attorney Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor Dora Gonzales, County Clerk Margie Esqueda and Treasurer Thelma Trevino, and Eagle Ford Consortium Chairman Leodoro Martinez.